Port Canaveral Florida has become the first U.S. port to sponsor COVID-19 vaccination distribution to port workers and vessel crew members.
On April 29 Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Surgeon General Scott A. Rivkees, MD issued a health advisory expanding vaccine eligibility to include individuals who are in the state for purpose of providing good or services for the benefit of residents and visitors of the State of Florida.
“We have been working closely with our cruise partners, the Florida Department of Health, and our port community to come up with a plan and timeline of vaccinating cruise ship crews that could begin the process for a safe return to cruising,” stated Capt. John Murray, Port CEO. “This expanded eligibility is significantly important for our cruise tourism business, and we’re proud of our efforts to help get this industry up and running.”
Up to 1,000 COVID-19 vaccines per day can be provided by the port to vessel crew members, shoreside and waterside support personnel.
This news comes after the CDC released new guidance for cruise lines to resume sailing as early as mid-July 2021.